NSW Eastern Suburbs birding (Orange Chat update) - Australia Day 26th Ja

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Subject: NSW Eastern Suburbs birding (Orange Chat update) - Australia Day 26th Jan 2006
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 18:49:28 +1100

Early this morning, David Mitford, Stuart Pickering and myself easily found the immature male ORANGE CHAT at Malabar between  the 2 flag poles of the Rifle range. The Chat was particularly fond of the short grassy area east of the southern most flag pole and close to the vague track running between the rifle range and the sea. We watched the Orange Chat for well over an hour trying to take photographs as it foraged on the ground for most of the time and occasional perched in the higher bushes. We could see well the black flecking on its chin as shown on Murray Lords recent photo of it.


Also seen in this area were at least 3 Brown Quail scurrying about in the open between bushes and both a Peregrine Falcon and Australian Kestrel.


David, Stuart and I paid a brief visit to the nearby East Lakes Golf Course where we saw 6 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 3 Latham Snipe (all staying still out in the open. They are usually very easy to observe at East Lakes), Black-fronted Dotterels with a chick, 3 Darter and a few Red-rumped Parrots. I also heard a Greenfinch calling (this being one of few localities where they are resident in Sydney).


As I headed back home later this morning, I made a quick dash in and out of Penrhyn Rd in Port Botany and saw nothing much apart from 2 Kelp Gulls (a sub-adult and juv.) and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits. Public Holidays or weekends are generally not ideal times to visit this area when there is the usual high level of boat activity.


Edwin Vella

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